Tuesday, December 26, 2017

A White Christmas and Little Home Tour

Hello, Dear Ones! I pray you all had a Merry Christmas. We certainly did and I feel so blessed. I realized I haven't shown you my house dressed for Christmas this year. Well, I'm a little ashamed as I didn't go all out like I usually do. I went simple and poked stuff here or there. I'll let you take a peep and then I'll show you our snow!! Oh, it's marvelous!











 My daughter, son-in-law and babies came over around 3:00 pm for Christmas and I decided to have finger foods instead of a big meal. It was a hit. I threw down a runner on the island and filled it with goodies. 

We had the desserts on the kitchen table. My daughter makes this traditional gingerbread man each year and now the babies are old enough to decorate it. So here it is! :)
I didn't get many snaps of the actual Christmas gifting as the babies were having so much fun and wiggling!

 Now to the snow! Look at the sun room windows!!
 Looking out the front door.
 It is so pretty and it's cold outside.


 Here is Mr. Precious with his Christmas gift "The Beast" - his new snow blower! He is like a kid!
As the sun sets on the freshly fallen snow I'll bid you adieu til next time.

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~ 

I Wish Every Day Could Be Like Christmas

What time is it baby, is it that time again

When snow will be falling, friends will be calling
You know it's time when, there'll be carolers singing Silent Night
I love when they sing, the feeling it brings
It's warm as a fire is bright

Soon there'll be toys for good girls and boys
And reindeer are heading our way
Yes, and Santa will come down the chimney above
There's one thing I wanted to say

I wish every day could be like Christmas
And if I could have one wish come true
I wish every day could be, full of peace and harmony
I wish every day could be like Christmas, I do

I saw a child sit with old Mr. Clause,
Looked him in the eye and he asked old Santa what peace on earth was
Now the old man grew cautious, on how he would say
That it's the greatest gift what you could give, every day

I wish every day could be like Christmas
And if I could have one wish come true
I wish every day could be, full of peace and harmony
I wish every day could be like Christmas, I do

Now the mistle-toe and the house aglow
All the world seems at ease tonight
And all that I ask when these precious moments pass
Is why can't every day be so bright

I wish every day could be like Christmas
And if I could have one wish come true
I wish every day could be, full of peace and harmony
I wish every day could be like Christmas, I do
Honest I do, yes I do now
Very merry Christmas
~ sung by Brook Benton 






Friday, December 15, 2017

Busy, Busy

Hello, Dear Ones! Hope you're all doing well. Are you just about ready for Christmas? I'm getting there. Well, I was getting a little bit jealous of all you southern ones with your snow. I didn't have to wait very long though and now we're white and cold! Very cold. It was 9' this morning!
 I peeped outside the other afternoon and saw the reflection of the Christmas tree lights in the window glass and it was so pretty so I just had to snap for you!
 My little granddaughter, Carter, used her mommy's phone to text me and asked me if I would please post this picture of her on my blog. Well, of course, Darling, I'll post your handiwork and sweet face. She has had a tummy bug and has been out of school the past few days. When she started to feel better, she put this great puzzle together! It's awesome, don't you think?
 Last Friday, Mr. Precious and I along with some friends took the train to the City to see the Rockettes and their Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall! And it was pretty spectacular.  We love riding the train to the city and walked around a bit in Rockerfeller Center to see the ice skating rink and the tree! So beautiful. We saw the show a couple of years ago but I believe this years version was better. Then we popped back on the train after a bite of lunch and headed home. We took the dinner train so we had a great time visiting and eating and got home around 7 pm. It was a fun day and we'll do it again soon.



Now back in my den, I've put together a little cross stitch corner. Last year you saw the little cross stitched ornies I made for the little tree. I've been busy stitching for over a year now and just love it so. I no longer put a finished piece down that I don't pick up an other one to start! Any way here you go...
 This is a Prairie Schooler for the month of December. There is a cute pattern for each month. I've finished probably four. Now I found these wood pieces and metal pieces to use as frames. I want to be able to change out my finishes with the seasons so I learned a great trick from Priscilla from Priscillas blog who is a cross stitching Wonder Woman. She uses magnets and little pieces of sheet metal. Glue down a few little pieces of the sheet metal to your base (frame piece) then glue the magnets to the back of your finished cross stitch piece. I mount my cross stitch on foam board and then use cardboard that's covered with fabric behind it and that's where I glue my magnets. Any way that makes it so you can change out your pieces. Thank you Priscilla!
 I'll go through and let you look. Now I didn't have a pattern for this one but just looked at the picture and winged it. Does any one else do that sometimes? I'm crazy, I know. I just fell in love with the sweet design.
Here's another little Nativity. Sorry about the picture quality - I used my phone and shook a little I guess. I love this one too. I need to learn how to finish my pieces a little more fancy. Maybe Priscilla could give me lessons! :) I wish.
 Oh, this is another one that I just love! It turned out really cute I think.


This little one is stuck on a metal piece I found so I just needed magnets. It's one of the little seasons from Prairie Schooler. I've already completed the Spring, Summer and Fall so I'll be switching them out accordingly.
Now I thought I would do a bathroom snap for you. I haven't done this in a long time.
 Isn't it a pretty bathroom?
 This lovely bathroom is located in the historic Adelphi Hotel in Saratoga, New York, which has just been recently remodeled. Mr. Precious and I had a late breakfast here and of course the bathroom was calling me. If you're new to my blog and are wondering what is going on you can go up under my header and click on Bathroom Beauty Snapping and read all about it. I would love you to join me anytime.
If you have stayed with me this long - help yourself to a cookie! I baked them just for you. Well, maybe Mr. Precious and me too! :)

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~ the following song has nothing to do with Christmas but I love it and wanted to share it with you...

Love the One You're With

If you're down and confused
And you don't remember who you're talking to
Concentration slip away
Because your baby is so far away

Well there's a rose in a fisted glove
And the eagle flies with the dove
And if you can't be with the one you love, honey
Love the one you're with

Don't be angry - don't be sad
Don't sit crying over good times you've had
There's a girl right next to you
And she's just waiting for something to do

Well there's a rose in a fisted glove
And the eagle flies with the dove
And if you can't be with the one you love honey
Love the one you're with

Turn your heartache right into joy
'Cause she's a girl and you're a boy
Get it together come on make it nice
You ain't gonna need any more advice

Well there's a rose in a fisted glove
And the eagle flies with the dove
And if you can't be with the one you love, honey
Love the one you're with 
~ sung by Stephen Stills



Monday, December 4, 2017

Little Ornaments

Hello, Dear Ones! Now don't faint as I'm posting again! 
I'm a little slow in getting the Christmas out this year. I came down with some sort of bug and was kinda in limbo last week but this week - woo hoo! I've been cross stitching some little ornies and in my head this is what I wanted to do with them... 
Now this is all we have as a banister on the open staircase side so I wanted to spiff it up a little bit for Christmas. I put some little cuties in the left hand corner just for you!  I poked up an old garland, added some beads and a few little balls. Oh, I used one of those battery operated lights but I should have used the set with the green wires but hey, it's done now. Then I added my little stitched ornies. Take a look at them.
 Santa Clause is coming to town...
Swish...


In the meadow we can build a snowman...
Oh, Christmas tree...
 Peace on earth good will to men. This one is my favorite. I think they turned out pretty cute. I'm not really good at finishing but I do my best - sort of! :)
 Do you like it? I hope so as I had such a fun time stitching these and want to make some more soon.
Hope your Christmasing is going well!

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~ 

Grown-Up Christmas List

 Do you remember me
I sat upon your knee
I wrote to you with childhood fantasies

Well I'm all grown-up now
And still need help somehow
I'm not a child
But my heart still can dream

So here's my lifelong wish
My grown-up Christmas list
Not for myself
But for a world in need

No more lives torn apart
That wars would never start
And time would heal all hearts
Everyone would have a friend
And right would always win
And love would never end
This is my grown-up Christmas list

As children we believed
The grandest sight to see
Was something lovely
Wrapped beneath our tree

Well heaven surely knows
That packages and bows
Can never heal a hurting human soul

What is this illusion called
The innocence of youth
Maybe only in our blind belief
Can we ever find the truth
~ sung by Amy Grant